Environment and Climate Change

The environmental costs of Trump’s wall

Environment - The Conversation

It looks like Donald Trump’s “great, great wall” is actually going to happen. Shonil Bhagwat The Conversation Its likely impact on human society has been well-noted, but in the longer-term a barrier across an entire continent will also have severe ecological consequences. The US-Mexico border… The environmental costs… Read More »

Congress Investigates Federal Climate Study After Whistleblower Exposes Fake Science

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The scientific community and media outlets that claimed Trump will silence scientists are now attacking one of their own for speaking up. Julie Kelly The Federalist Congress is ramping up its investigation into a key climate study, now under further scrutiny after a federal whistleblower raised more questions about it this week. The scandal some… Congress Investigates Federal… Read More »

Quinoa genome could see ‘super-food’ prices tumble

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Scientists have successfully decoded the genome of quinoa, one of the world’s most nutritious but underutilised… Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent BBC The South American grain is a hugely popular “super-food” because it is well balanced and gluten… However, prices for quinoa have rocketed in recent years as demand exceeded… Quinoa genome could… Read More »

Massive ancient undersea landslide discovered off Great Barrier Reef

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Scientists were amazed to find remains of 300,000-year-old sediment slip while conducting 3D mapping of deep sea floor… Australian Associated Press The Guardian Evidence of a massive undersea landslide that took place more than 300,000 years ago has been discovered off the Great Barrier Reef… Massive ancient undersea… Read More »

Crisis, what crisis? How smart solar can protect our vulnerable power grids

Environment -The Conversation

Some commentators seem to be worried that our electricity networks are facing an impending voltage crisis, citing fears that renewables (rooftop solar panels in particular) will threaten the quality of our power supply. Lawrence McIntosh and Dani Alexander The Conversation These concerns hinge on the fact that solar panels and other domestic generators can push up voltages, potentially making it harder for network companies to maintain stability across the grid. But what is… Crisis, what crisis… Read More »

Europe fights to save broken climate fix

COTTBUS, GERMANY - APRIL 12:  Exhaust plumes from cooling towers at the Jaenschwalde lignite coal-fired power station, which is owned by Vatenfall, April 12, 2007 at Jaenschwalde, Germany. Germany is planning the construction of 40 new coal-fired power plants, though officials claim the plants are based on technology that radically increases their efficiency. The Jaenschwalde power plant, built by the former East German government in the 1980s, emits 25 million tons of CO2 annually and is among the biggest single producers of CO2 emissions in Europe.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Pioneering Emissions Trading System no longer works. Kalina Oroschakoff and Sara Stefanini Politico Parliament and EU states can’t agree how best to reform it. Europe once had… Europe fights to… Read More »

We need to think now about our solar power revolution

Energy - Irish Examiner

Given the lack of regulations governing solar power, Kieran Hartley argues that we need to rethink how we want to use it to meet our energy needs in the future… Kieran Hartley Irish Examiner THE lack of planning guidelines governing the hundreds of applications for solar farms, or Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic’s (SPV’s), will leave consumers out of pocket and lead local communities to protest. Ireland is on the… We need to think… Read More »

‘Lost continent’ found under Mauritius in the Indian Ocean

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(CNN) – Found — one lost continent, hiding underneath a tropical holiday destination. Juliet Perry CNN It might sound implausible, but deep at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, a research team, led by South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand, has found pieces of an ancient continent. The lava-covered piece of… ‘Lost continent’ found… Read More »

Ireland Is Set to Become the First Country to Completely Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

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Goodbye, coal and oil. Ireland is close to becoming the first country in the world to completely divest from fossil fuels, thanks to a new bill recently passed by the… Josh Hrala ScienceAlert If set into law after review, the vote – which passed with 90 to 53 votes last Thursday – would halt public funding of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and… Ireland Is Set… Read More »

The Environmentalist War On Science

Environment - The Daily Caller

The EPA just threw out five years of fracking safety research to appease green extremists. Jeff Stier The Daily Caller Although early drafts found no evidence that fracking has had a “widespread, systemic” impact on drinking water, the final report claims that there isn’t “enough information to make a broad conclusion.” How absurd… The Environmentalist War… Read More »

Science doesn’t care if you believe in it or not

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Whether you believe in climate change or not, the laws of physics will continue to work and ice will continue to melt. Mark McCaughrean Al Jazeera News On October 31 last year, a large crack opened in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica and a huge iceberg, 5,000 square kilometres in size, will likely soon calve into the Southern Ocean. Although visible at… Science doesn’t care… Read More »

The Environmental Left and Keystone XL

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Why, on every measure, Keystone XL opponents’ arguments don’t hold up… Benjamin Zycher The National Interest Everything old is new again, the latest manifestation of which is the reaction of the environmental Left to the news that President Donald Trump has issued presidential memoranda and an… The Environmental Left… Read More »

Why shouldn’t Prince Charles speak out on climate change? The science is clear

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Climate change is not a controversial subject – the facts are established, whatever the Mail says. Tony Juniper The Guardian That’s why Charles helped write a Ladybird book about it Ladybird books will this… Why shouldn’t Prince Charles… Read More »

China human rights lawyers target smog

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BEIJING — Toxic smog has found itself in the dock in China, as the authorities are taken to court over a problem that has choked entire regions, put public health at risk and forced the closure of schools and roads. The China Post At the helm is a group of human rights lawyers, who despite increasing government hostility to their work on some of China’s most sensitive cases, say popular feeling is behind them when it comes to pollution that ... Read More »

Naomi Klein Getting Caught Up In The Climate Wars

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She’s a powerful and passionate writer and activist, writes Geoff Russell. But she’s missed the mark on the causes of cancer and dispossession. Geoff Russell New Matilda Almost since the beginning there was “the left” and “the right”. We are talking politics here, not handedness. “The left” was always… Naomi Klein Getting… Read More »

Sewage leak closing Tasmanian oyster farms, deterring swimmers

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A sewage leak, which has closed some Tasmanian oyster farms, will cost jobs and hurt the economy in the St Helen’s region, the mayor has… Georgie Burgess ABC Heavy rainfall on Friday caused a TasWater pump station to overflow and leak raw sewage into Georges Bay on the state’s east… Sewage leak closing… Read More »